Jackson, whose maiden name is Williams, explained in disbelief to the major that Williams was possibly the brother she had not seen since childhood.
As Jackson nervously slumped in her chair and covered her face with a piece of paper, the major called Williams into the office.
“I didn’t want him to see me. I didn’t know what else to do, so I was just sitting there with my face covered,” she said.
When asked his first name, the soldier replied, “Gary.”
Jackson kept her face covered as Gary told the major that he was originally from Alabama.
“As soon as he spoke, I knew it was him, because he sounded just like my dad and he looked exactly like my father. I knew that it was him,” the sergeant said.
After Williams left the office, the major asked Jackson if Williams was indeed her brother. When she nodded, he asked, “Well, then what are you doing? You better get out there and introduce yourself.”
She nervously followed her brother, calling his name. He turned and looked at her, confused. “I’m Sergeant Georgette Jackson,” she said.
“As soon as I said my first name, he just automatically started tearing up — and at that point there were other people in the office,” Jackson explained. “It was totally like an Oprah (Winfrey) moment. He just grabbed me and we were hugging. It was just unbelievable.
“I asked him what he was doing here and he said, ‘I work upstairs,’” she continued. “All these years — 20 years since I’ve seen him — and as big as Fort Sill is, it just had to be God, because there was no way that he could actually be in the same location I was.”
Since that day, he has been an important figure in her life. Williams is an invaluable part of Jackson’s childhood and her future. She said she has gotten to know him all over again.
“I realized that we have a lot of similarities,” she said. “He likes to joke and play around just like I do.”
Not only were they able to see each other throughout her deployment, the sergeant was able to meet her brother’s wife and children. Later, Jackson’s husband was able to join them in Oklahoma.
“It was a little family reunion in the middle of my deployment,” she said. “When I told my dad, he was elated. We are split up all over the world, so it’s hard for us to see each other. When he found out, he cried.”
Now, months after the deployment, distance is no longer an obstacle. Jackson said she talks with her brother regularly, and they have plans to visit their dad together.
When Jackson looks back on her deployment, she said she is thankful for several aspects. Her hard work in Fort Sill earned her and fellow deployed Hanscom teammate, Tech. Sgt. Arden Haggard, the Army Commendation Medal and a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Her greatest memory, however, will always be the moment she recognized her brother.
“With him being in the Army and me in the Air Force, it never in a million years crossed my mind that I would run into him,” she said. “Seeing Gary was definitely the highlight of my deployment.